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UK ploughs extra £1 billion per annum to free up hospitals

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The UK has announced plans to spend by 2006 an extra £1bn ($1.5bn) annually on social services. The initiative will be backed by a "radical" reform programme aimed at improving care of the elderly outside the hospital setting, thereby increasing hospital throughput. By 2005, the government aims to expand social services by 70,000 cases.

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